Exhibit of Industrial Folk Art at the New Britain Industrial Museum

         The New Britain Industrial Museum at 185 Main Street in New Britain, CT will be exhibiting the Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian from September 6, 2016 through January 31, 2017.

        Abraham Megerdichian (1923-1983) was a trained machinist living and working in Massachusetts. Beginning in his 30s Abraham began machining his interpretations of everyday objects from scrap blocks of aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel. His earliest items were utilitarian, domestic and full size – handles, knives, letter openers, candle snuffers, ashtrays, vases, pots, door knockers, salt and pepper shakers, a soap dish, a rolling pin of solid aluminum, a lawn sprinkler, tools and so on.  As his technical proficiency increased his pieces became more intricate, smaller, and often included many small parts.  Among them were doll house furniture, a cash register, a miniature vacuum cleaner, a tool box with individual tools and toy trucks, cars and a train set. Many of these objects will be included in the exhibit at the New Britain Industrial Museum, including a buffer/grinder he built to finish the pieces he made.

        The public opening will be Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Robert Megerdichian (the artist’s son) will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to meet visitors and answer questions about his father’s work.  Robert will return to the museum on Thursday October 20 at 7 p.m. to give a gallery talk.

       “Industrial Folk Art” is art created by skilled machinists, engineers and others who work with their hands in a production environment fabricating parts and tools and the objects of our lives. Many of these people are driven to create objects from found materials around their workstations, a few of these items are currently part of the Industrial Museum’s collection, and the Museum is pleased to host this exhibit that speaks to the innate creativity of the human spirit.

        Check the Museum’s website, www.nbindustrial.org or Facebook page for additional upcoming events. Contact museum Director Karen Hudkins at newbritainim@gmail.com for any additional information. The museum’s hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.